- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 20, 2006

More than 250 years ago the British, French and American Indian nations violently struggled for North America in what came to be known as the French and Indian War. Some 300 rare artifacts on loan from 63 lenders around the globe document this struggle in the impressive Clash of Empires: The British, French and Indian War at the Smithsonian’s International Gallery. Also included is a group of 32 rare 18th-century paintings. At the Smithsonian’s International Gallery, S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, except Dec. 25. Through March 15. Free. 202/633-1000.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

Claude Chabrol, Eric Rohmer and Jacques Rivette have remained the most active of the venerable survivors among filmmakers associated with the so-called new wave movement of the early 1960s. A Rivette historical epic of 1994, Joan la Pucelle or “Joan the Maid,” originally a two-part spectacle for French television, will have a rare local revival at the National Gallery of Art this weekend. Mr. Rivette, now 78, chose Sandrine Bonnaire to portray Joan of Arc in two-hour installments subtitled “The Battles” and “The Prisons.” The first screens Saturday at 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the East Building, the sequel on Sunday at the same hour and site. Admission is free but an early arrival may be advisable. Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202/847-6799.

— Gary Arnold

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